Choosing a contractor to remodel your home in Kirkland, WA shouldn’t be stressful. Unfortunately, for many homeowners who aren’t familiar with how contractors work, they can get taken for a ride, ripped off, or even be left with a half-finished house while the contractor holds their hand out demanding more money. To protect yourself, your investment, and your home, it’s important to choose the right contractor for your new home renovation project. At Eakman Construction, we pride ourselves on being frank with customers about the renovation process, custom home-building process, and remodeling process so that homeowners know what to expect and can trust our work. When looking for your next contractor, avoid these four kinds of contractors to ensure you get quality work at a fair price, and a great result.
The one who shows up late for the meeting.
If your contractor shows up late for the quote meeting, be aware that it might be indicative of their approach to work. Of course, things happen and life gets in the way from time to time, but a reputable contractor will call ahead and tell you they are going to be late and provide a very clear reason for the tardiness. If you hear nothing and they show up late without apology, it might be a sign that they can’t be trusted to show up when the job starts either.
The one who delays in getting you a quote.
The same rule applies to responses from your contractor. If they’ve said they can get you a quote by Friday and it’s already been a week since you’ve heard from them, there’s a good chance that they may never call you back at all. If you have to go chasing down your contractor, look for another one. Contractors need to conduct their business professionally and that means responding to customer inquiries in a timely manner.
The one without references.
Everyone has to start somewhere, but even an inexperienced contractor should be able to produce some kind of references for work they’ve done for family or friends. If your contractor cannot provide references, don’t hire them. You don’t want to have to be the person to “give them a chance” to show you what they can do. There’s no reference of the work and there are plenty of other qualified contractors who can pony up quality references for you to speak with.
The one who can start tomorrow.
Building custom homes and taking on home remodels in Kirkland, WA is a full-time job. If your contractor is able to start on your building project right away, consider asking about other jobs they might have recently finished. A good contractor has a wait list of clients and can take up to several months to take on any new projects. A contractor that is readily available for something as large as a custom home build or renovation should alert red flags: why aren’t they busier?
To find out if Eakman Construction is the right contractor for your next home remodeling project in Kirkland, WA, contact us today.